Chautauqua in the Park

Presented by the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce and the Chillicothe Area Arts Council

Proudly Sponsored by Hedrick Medical Center




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An average of 5,000 visitors attend our Chautauqua each year.

Saturday, September 7, 2013 -- 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, September 8, 2013 -- 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Simpson Park
Highway 65, Chillicothe, Missouri


Best in Show Award - $200

Judges to be announced.

Judging will take place between 9am and 11 a.m. Saturday, September 8th. A special designation will be posted at the Winner's booth. Winner will be announced throughout both days of the festival.

All Fine Arts/Crafts vendors registered for Chautauqua in the Park will be considered for this award.

Student Choice Award - $100

Judged by a selected panel of outstanding youth artists, all members of Art Masters at Chillicothe High School.

A special designation will be posted at the Winner's booth. Winner will be announced throughout both days of the festival.

All Fine Arts/Crafts vendors registered for Chautauqua in the Park will be considered for this award.

People's Choice Award - $50

Selected by ballot vote of Chautauqua visitors. All booths eligible.

There will also be a drawing for those who fill out and return the People's Choice Award ballot. A $50 cash prize will be given to the winner.

All awards sponsored by the Chillicothe Area Arts Council and presented by Windjammer Cable.

Booth Set-Up/Security

Friday, September 6, 2012 - 2 pm - 8 pm
Saturday, September 7, 2012 - 6:30 am - 8:30 am

Security will be provided both Friday and Saturday nights. Exhibitors must have checked in by 8:30 am on Saturday or the booth space will be reassigned.

Some booths are a distance from the road, and no driving on the grass is allowed by order of the City & Parks Department. If you have heavy items or are unable to carry your booth items, please consider bringing dollies, carts or extra helpers and/or signing up for our unloading assistance. This help is available by prearrangement only at a cost of $20 for 30 minutes. Please indicate on the application if you will need this assistance.

Booth Information
There are four different types of booths available for the Chautauqua:

  • Fine Arts/Crafts (10'x10' - $75 or 10'x20' - $150)
  • Farmers Market (10'x10' - $55)
  • Single Food (Not-for-Profit - $95 or For Profit - $190)
  • Multi-Food:Food Court ($180)-Reserved for local non-profit groups only

Booth fee includes space for two days. Vendors are expected to have booth set up and open to the public during festival hours both days. Vendors who would like the previous year's booth space must submit the application postmarked no later than May 1.  After May 1, booths will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Higher booth fees will be charged after July 31. No refunds will be given after July 15.



Chautauqua is a juried show. The jury has established the following criteria: quality original, handcrafted and/or creatively and artistically enhanced items. Items for sale must be handcrafted or enhanced creatively or artistically by the exhibitor. Enhancements to items must contribute substantially to the value of the item and represent a significant level of handcraftsmanship. The jury reserves the right to determine where this line is drawn. Color photos showing detail of merchandise representative of the work to be exhibited and and sold must be submitted with the application and payment. Each category of merchandise to be sold must be represented by photos. The jury may reject work that differs significantly from the entry photos, is unsuitable or in poor taste, or that does not comply with the above standards. The Jury will not consider applications without photos. All photos will be returned at the festival. Photos may be emailed to office@chillicothemo.com. Fine Art/Craft vendors must complete the vendor form and return with their application. The application may be completed and submitted online also. Commercial items used to display items for sale may not be sold.

Two sizes are available:

  • 10' x 10' spaces are $75.
  • 10' x 20' spaces are $150.
  • Electricity (110V) is $15 per hookup; 220V is $25 per hookup.

Storage: please place extra merchandise or boxes under tables or out of sight. Selling from trailers or vehicles is prohibited. Electricity is available on a limited basis for an additional charge. Vendors must supply their own extension cords, tables and chairs. Extension cords should be 100' in length and 12-gauge. Booths are measured and marked generously.


The cost for a 10' x 10' booth in the Farmers' Market is $55.
Electricity (110V) is $15 per hookup; 220V is $25 per hookup.

Items sold must be homegrown or homemade by vendor. Vendors must supply their own tents, tables, chairs, and extension cords (100', 12-guage is recommended).  Farmers' Market booths must adhere to county health ordinances and will be subject to inspection by the Livingston County Health Inspector. Questions should be directed to the Livingston County Health Center, 660-646-5506.



  • Single-Item Food Booth: A single food or item that is prepared on site.
    Not-For-Profit: $95
    For Profit: $190
  • Multi-Item Food Booth ($180): Limited to local not-for-profit groups. May sell a variety of food and drink items prepared on site in the food court. A meeting of all registered vendors will be held in June to determine booth location and menu.



  • Driving on the grass is prohibited by the City of ChillicotheAll vehicles must remain on paved surfaces. No exceptions will be made!
  • No parking is allowed in the exhibit area during festival hours or overnight. All vehicles must be removed from the park by 8:30 am on Saturday and 9:30 am on Sunday.
  • Vendor only parking areas: In order to better serve patrons of the festival, vendors are required to park in designated lots only. Parking permits will be distributed upon arrival.


Only vendors that are registered with the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce for Chautauqua in the Park will be allowed to sell merchandise or advertise during the festival. No raffles of any kind are permitted.

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Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce & Area Arts Council
Post Office Box 407, Chillicothe, MO  64601
Phone:  660-646-4050
Toll Free:  877-C-Chilli
Fax: 660-646-3309
E-mail:  office@chillicothemo.com


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